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Job Title: Seasonal Oyster Farm Dockhand

Time Commitment: 25-30 Hours per week. 3 workdays a week that will be the same weekly.


Barrier Island Oyster Co. (BIO) is a restorative off-bottom oyster farm that hand raises and distributes premium single oysters in Charleston, SC.

BIO is seeking to hire a seasonal oyster farm dockhand immediately for the 2019 growing season with the opportunity to come back and grow with the company. Dockhands will learn the ins and outs of building, operating, and promoting a unique oyster farm in Charleston, while working alongside our Farm Manager, Head of Sales, and Head of Operations.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Planting seed oysters and grading them until they reach market size,

  2. Maintaining farm equipment, including boats, trucks, tools, and culture gear,

  3. Installing, rotating, and drying culture gear on the lease, and

  4. Processing and packaging oysters for sale

In addition, there will be opportunities to assist and learn about building the company’s brand and to engage with members of the public during special events.

As a dockhand you will join a vibrant company culture built on trust, accountability, continual improvement and the joy of a job well done. Creative thinking, good listening skills, a positive attitude, adaptability, and a love of physical activity are a must. 


  1. Previous aquaculture, commercial fishing, or other marine (boating) experience is preferred

  2. Passion for aquaculture and local food production

  3. Personal transportation and valid drivers license required

  4. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

  5. Able to work in adverse weather conditions and maintain a positive attitude

  6. Able to work independently and as a part of a team

  7. Flexible and able to adapt to any situation

  8. Positive attitude

  9. Punctuality

  10. SCUBA certification is a plus

Barrier Island Oyster Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Compensation: Starting at $10 per hour

To Apply:

Ready to join our team of hardworking farmers and learn the craft of single oyster mariculture? Please complete the form below:

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